Henninger Helps Paint The Picture Of Art Star Icon James McNeill Whistler for PBS Documentary


Arlington, Virginia- United States (PRWEB) September 12, 2014

When viewers sit down this September to watch the PBS Arts documentary, James McNeill Whistler & The Case for Beauty, they should expect to learn a lot about the iconic artist that created art for art’s sake. With U.S. and international distribution planned, Henninger Media Services (Henninger) provided post-production finishing services in three different television standards.

Produced by award-winning filmmaker Karen Thomas of Film Odyssey, this film takes a look at the multifaceted life of the man whose ways and works grabbed the attention of those around him and catapulted him into the annals of art history. The program is not only unique in its storytelling of Whistler’s life, but also in its visual execution. Aiding the narrative about the unconventional Whistler, Thomas incorporated 2.5D animations and nearly 200 etchings, paintings and photographs, in combination with recreations of his life and behind-the-scenes work to further absorb the viewer. Maintaining the color accuracy of the art in the recreated footage with Whistler’s original was a concern addressed by Henninger’s Senior Colorist, Dave Markun.

We approached the concept of the re-enactment scenes in two stages. First, we focused on the look and style of the re-enactments themselves. The idea was to give the scenes an old look, yet keep it from looking old-fashion, shares Markun. Drawing upon his many years of experience, Markun worked to create a warm candle-stylized look of the late 19th-Century, with a modern touch. This established the mood for the conditions that Whistler may have worked in; however, the colors in the art work were then rendered inaccurate Markun recalls the process. Once we established the look, we had to color correct the art in the scenes to match the original works. In the DaVinci Resolve I created and tracked multiple mattes to reproduce colors. The final steps of finishing the program required careful media management to create the deliverables in the multiple broadcast standards needed. I work with colorist Dave Markun and post-production editor Jef Huey because they pay such attention to detail. They are great to work with,” says producer Karen Thomas.

Produced, edited and mastered in NTSC 23.98, the Whistler documentary required standards conversions to NTSC 59.94, as well as PAL 50i each requiring minor modifications to meet delivery specifications. Responsible for the conform, preparation and final packaging was Jef Huey, Senior Editor at Henninger. Although the conform only took about two days on the Avid Media Composer, the bulk of the process involved the making of the deliverables. Once we converted the program via our Snell & Wilcox Alchemist to the various standards, program credits and textual graphics needed to be reviewed and revised, recounts Huey.

The airing of James McNeill Whistler & The Case for Beauty, scheduled to premiere Friday, September 12 at 9 p.m. EST on PBS, coincides with a series of museum exhibitions that began in May 2014, observing the artist and his work. Additional information and production blog about Whistler is available on the website at [http://www.whistlerthemovie.com and also at pbs.org/whistler.

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ABOUT HENNINGER MEDIA SERVICES

Celebrating 30 years in the industry, Henninger Media Services provides video editing, audio, graphics, Blu-ray and DVD authoring, telecine, QC, duplication and distribution solutions to a diverse client base; including broadcast, corporate, advertising, non-profit, and government. Located in Arlington, Virginia, HMS offers services in 4K Ultra HD, High Definition, Surround Sound, 3D convergence and finishing, and film transferring. Complete information about Henninger Media Services may be found at http://www.henninger.com.







Survey Shows Cyber Emergency Response Plans Need to be Regularly Flexed to Stay Effective


New York, NY (PRWEB) September 27, 2014

The Ponemon Institute released the 2014 results from their second annual survey on data breach preparedness sponsored by Experian on Wednesday, and some of the trends were certainly promising. There was a 12% uptick in how many companies have data breach response plans, previously 61%, a 5% increase in how many had emergency response teams in place, a 10% rise in the number of companies that have privacy and data protection awareness programs, from 44 to 54%, and a surge in companies that are making data breach or cyber insurance policies a part of their emergency preparedness plans, increasing more than twofold, from 10% to 26%, compared to last years survey.

Some other numbers, however, were not good news. 43% of those surveyed said they had experienced a data breach, up 10 percentage points from the 2013 survey, and of those, 60% said they suffered more than one breach in the last two years, compared to 52% in 2013, which according to Joe Caruso, founder and CEO/CTO of Global Digital Forensics (GDF), a premier provider of cyber security solutions, are probably much higher numbers in reality.

Data breaches are notoriously under reported by businesses of all sizes. Integrity and public trust are valuable business assets, and if they take a hit, they know their bottom line will suffer. So many businesses make even the discussion of being breached or hacked taboo turf when it comes to anyone on the outside. If it wasnt for the regulatory compliance rules many industries face, and the threat of severe sanctions and/or fines for failure to comply, total radio silence would be par for the course. And even with all the regulations, its quite common for business victims to do everything in their power to keep as many details under wraps as possible. But thats just trouble waiting to happen, because once a breach is exposed that a business tried to sweep under the rug and out of sight, customers, associates, investors and vendors all feel betrayed, and then their bottom line will suffer exponentially, often irreparably.

Business survival often depends on emergency response.

While the survey showed more business than ever have response plans in place, it also shows that only 30% of those businesses feel their plans will be at least effective, with the same amount feeling their plans are ineffective, 17% unsure, and the rest somewhere in the middle.

Those are troubling numbers, says Caruso, and according to the survey, a lot of that skepticism comes from the set it and forget it mentality many business employ when it comes to setting up and maintaining their plans. Only 22% could make the claim that they review and update their response plans at least once a year, which should be the bare minimum. All the rest either have no defined timeframe for reviews and updates, or have not done it even once since their plans were first devised and implemented. Thats a recipe for disaster. Threats are evolving every day, technologies changes all the time, new business needs and practices continuously emerge, and if your emergency response plan is going to be effective, all of that has to be accounted for. Thats what we help clients do, assess their vulnerabilities and test for weak links in their cyber security chain with proven state-of-the-art penetration testing, from both an insider and outsider perspective. And if a business has an emergency response plan in place, we will flex it to see how it stands up to real-world threats and isolate the shortcomings, and if they dont, well help them devise one from scratch. The biggest key is regularity, because what would have worked last year will probably not stand up to todays threat landscape, and what works today will undoubtedly be challenged by the threat vectors that evolve over the next six months or year. Like it or not, thats todays cyber reality, so either businesses have to be prepared to step up and play the game right, or pack up, take their ball and go home, because they will not win in the long run if theyre not ready to take the field on any given day.

Get emergency response experts involved before disater hits.

*Global Digital Forensics is a recognized industry leader in the fields of computer forensics, cyber security and emergency incident response, with years of experience assisting clients in the government, banking, healthcare, education and corporate arenas. For a free consultation with a Global Digital Forensics specialist, call 1-800-868-8189 about tailoring a cost-effective plan which will meet your unique needs, without wasting resources on solutions you simply dont need. Emergency responders are also standing by 24/7 to handle intrusion and data breach emergencies whenever and wherever they arise. Time is critical if a cyber incident has occurred, so dont hesitate to get help. For more information, visit http://www.evestigate.com.







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FAIYA Releases Visual For Single Alone Featuring Cesar

Brooklyn, NY (PRWEB) September 11, 2014

Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes announce the release of the Alone Visual by FAIYA. The music video project is currently available to stream on the Coast 2 Coast website. This music video was also directed by FAIYA.

Showered with diversity since day one, this Puertorican, Sicilian, Indonesian rapper was destined to appeal to all walks of life. Early on, the written word became Faiya’s escape, and he learned to always express his feelings through art; from paintings and poems, to songs and stories. He was exposed to many honors at a young age; winning various drawing contests, having a poem published into an anthology at age 11, and even being flown to Norway with a music program to meet and perform for the King and Queen at only 12 years old.

From junior high school up until college, Faiya decided to take a detour from the workload of his music program and lead a more “normal” teenage life. Getting into trouble replaced the very poised and planned lifestyle he had been accustomed to, but fortunately, strong values and an even stronger backbone of a family kept him from delving too deep into the wrong direction. In 2005, Faiya tackled the modeling industry, and for nearly two years Faiya charged full steam ahead earning jobs such as a Mountain Dew Ad and the cover of New York Magazine. He learned how to maneuver through the fast-paced game, and enjoyed all the fresh faces and partying that came with it. This wild networking lifestyle ultimately set the stage for the birth of Faiya’s rap career. Reckless living and a slew of bad decisions led him to write 25 songs in a one month time span. This was therapy for Faiya, and he realized after playing it for others, that it could very well be therapy for the world. Today experience has molded him into the man behind the message, and the message can be found behind the music.

Returning to his musical journey in Fall of 2006, these few short years have seen rapid growth for the Brooklyn lyricist. His music, born out of poetry, gives listeners a glimpse into his soul and is sure to capture the heart. While his catalog of songs do fall under the genre of Rap, you will find that many of these songs reference and may even invoke the feel of a Pop, Rock, R&B, and in some cases, Blues record. With his first release “Welcome to the FAIYA” playing in all corners of the world, and his second release “FAIYA|Escape” spreading even further, Faiya is gathering up the masses and is asking you to join the movement and become a part of History. Follow FAIYA on Twitter to keep up with his work at @faiyazhot.

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Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes are the most widely distributed mixtapes in the world, with over 100 million downloads/plays generated by over 200 volumes officially hosted by major artists. Coast 2 Coast has a solid reach in the new music industry with a digital magazine, DJ coalition, industry tips blog, yearly convention, and more. Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes represents a unique opportunity for artists of all urban genres, from major to indie. For more information, visit http://www.coast2coastmixtapes.com.







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Jackson Hole Art Events Kick Off Next Week with Opening of 30th Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival


Jackson Hole, WY (PRWEB) August 27, 2014

The 30th annual Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival, mixing visual, contemporary, culinary, Western, landscape, wildlife and Native American arts, kicks off next week in Jackson, Wyoming. The 10 days of Jackson Hole arts events, September 3 14, 2014, include more than 50 family-friendly activities many of them free. Festival highlights include the Palates & Palettes gallery walk on September 5; the Historic Ranch Tour on September 6, providing a peek at the real cowboy life; Taste of the Tetons on September 7, sampling creations by the valleys top chefs; the Showcase of Homes tours of exclusive private residences, September 12 and 13; and the crowd-favorite QuickDraw in Town Square on September 13.

The Western Design Conference is one of the signature events of the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival. The worlds preeminent exhibition of Western furniture, fashion and accessories, the WDC returns to Jackson, Wyo., September 4 – 7, 2014. The exhibit and sales one-of-a-kind juried Western arts and design show has added a new Designer Show House and Retail Row this year. The four-day conference opens Thursday, September 4 with a much anticipated party at the Snow King Center that includes jewelry and runway fashion shows, modeled by Jackson Hole locals. The celebration continues September 5 7, also at Snow King, with the annual Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale, featuring museum-quality functional art by more than 115 Western-inspired artisans.

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